Q Who!

By Sunil Kumar

Omnipotent beings controlling the universe. Power is strangely attractive to the human psyche; so here’s a character from Star Trek: The Next Generation; who I really liked for his sardonic wit and repartee. Although Q was downright obnoxious, condescending and a person ideally not to be met in real life; his ability to control things at will and move anywhere across the universe in a flash is exciting to say the least.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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The first episode introduced us to Q; when Captain Jean-Luc Picard(Patrick Stewart) meets him at Fairpoint. Over the course of seven seasons; Q often meets Picard and his crew; berating puny humanity in front of the might of the “Q” continuum who can alter space-time at their will. The Borg; another ruthless cybernetic race; are a result of Q’s interference in the massive seas of space. The final episode in TNG also has “Q” judging humanity in the manner he did in the first one.

A derivative collage from two other files - ca...

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in A derivative collage from two other files – captain Jean-Luc Picard in his quarter on the USS Enterprise-D (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For us who have still to exit the blue planet; the possibility of more than a billion worlds in the cosmos is fascinating to say the least. Given that modern scientists have come up with concepts that match the vast theology of Hindu Vedanta; the scenario of the whole world as an illusion(in quantum physics) is only an expression of “maya”(the veil around reality). With non-stop Bollywood songs blaring in the background somewhere; the world around me is nowhere like the visions envisaged in such sci-fi television series. However; the development of the mobile phone and today’s graphic intensive tablets including the iPad is said to be a result of people being influenced by this show.

Swami Vivekananda

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Events happening on a cosmic scale can alter perceptions; so that we are no longer affected by things in countries; and the narrow identification with religion; caste, identity and belief system. However impractical this may seem in the current context; the world would benefited if we move beyond our solar system and actually discover something like warp drive and interstellar travel. So; this Holi I’m wishing that “space actually becomes the final frontier”.

 

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